About Us

Our Foundation

To continue the legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune and that of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, five business women and one student founded the Prince George’s County Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. in 1980 and was chartered on June 27, 1981.  Since then, the Section has grown to over 100 women and men of different ages, economic and social backgrounds.  A 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit organization, the Section provides education, legislative advocacy, charitable and supportive services to women, children and families residing in Prince George’s County.

Our Section’s Principles & Purpose


To promote and support the National Headquarters’ programs of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

To carry out the purposes of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., in relating to the needs of the community and the concerns and emphasis of the National Office


To promote unity of action among all women in matters of education, cultural, economic, social and civil life

To improve the quality of life for women, their families and community

Community Services

Our Section is involved in numerous community-based projects and benevolent activities:

Among our ongoing programs and projects is the Sisters United Program – bringing teens and young women together as “little sisters”, to expose them to the benefits of planned educational, social, and skill-building experiences thru mentoring with our adult members.

Our “community service” efforts include ongoing support for Ronald McDonald House; Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer fundraising and program support; community engagement with the Salvation Army; Thanksgiving basket collections and distributions; and the “Dress for Success” clothing drive to support individuals reentering the workforce.

Over the past fifteen years, we have provided hands-on support and gifts to local nursing homes – supporting Mother’s Day and Christmas holiday gift giving and prior to Covid 19, monthly interaction with the residents. Our commitment to strengthening families and communities is reflected in our work stocking and supporting local food pantries, working with the Christmas in April initiative to paint, make minor repairs, and complete needed yard updates for elderly and needy families, and our annual diaper and baby wipe the drive to support the homeless residents temporarily residing at Shepard’s Cove.

Our long-standing commitment to supporting the educational needs of children has included our adopting a local elementary school and sponsoring an annual Mother/Daughter Tea and a Father/Son Dinner, bringing families together to build individual and collective family-building experiences.

Our educational activities also include supplying books and reading materials and meeting with children who could benefit from the special attention provided by our “lunch buddy” program at a local elementary school.

Section members work in committees that are largely responsible for the planning and execution of the programs, events, and projects – supporting the national NCNW goals of commitment, unity, and self-reliance.

Our Programs

This section promotes the unity of action among women and men in matters concerning the educational, cultural, economic, and social and civic life of women and families by establishing and being involved in numerous community-based projects and activities.

Founders Day Program

Section Members are awarded for their dedication and hard work during the year in the following categories: Bethune Award, Founder’s Award, Service Award, and Outstanding New Member.

Little Sisters United Program

A mentoring program for middle and high school girls which focuses on activities that familiarize the mentees (Little Sisters) with their history. This enables the Little Sisters to understand and appreciate where they come from and equip them with the tools necessary to become strong adult women.

Community Projects

Offers a variety of community-based projects and fundraisers, including Thanksgiving Food Drive, Toys for Tots Christmas Toy Drive, Promise Place Shelter, Diaper Drive and much more. Click the button below to see our full list of projects and descriptions.

Become a Section Member

If you are interested in continuing the National Council of Negro Women’s efforts in strengthening our communities and would like to become a member of the Prince George’s County Section.

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